Below is a list of 'Frequently Asked Questions' relating to Karate and training with us at Chelmsford Karate Club. If you have a question that is not answered below, please feel free to contact us using any of the contact methods on our Contact Us page.
What does karate training involve?
Karate training involves three main areas:
Kihon - basic techniques, i.e. blocks, punches and kicks
Kata - set moves/a routine
Kumite - fighting/sparring
How often should I train?
The KUGB recommends that students should train at least twice a week in order to grade.
Who will my Instructor be?
For the first few lessons you may be taught by one of the high grades, giving you, in many cases, 1-1 or 1-2 tuition. Once you are able to perform some of the basic techniques you will be invited to join the main class. All of these classes are taught by black belts, most are taken by our Senior Instructors.
How soon can I grade?
For your first grading you will need a minimum of 20 sessions over at least a two-month period. After that, you will need at least 24 sessions between each grading. Gradings are held 3-4 times a year and are taken by the KUGB's Chief Instructor, Andy Sherry, 9th Dan.
What should I wear?
When you first start, you should wear loose-fitting clothes (tracksuit/t-shirt). After a few weeks you should purchase a karate suit which can be ordered, at a discount, through the club. The Instructor will be able to recommend the best suit for you.
Are there age restrictions?
The minimum age for our club is 4 years old. Through experience we have found that children under this age find it hard to concentrate and may become overwhelmed. We have specific classes for youngsters (4-10 year olds) called 'The Shotokan Tigers' which are designed to help kids progress into the larger main classes. We also hold a family class on a Sunday morning when parents can train alongside their children.
There is no upper age for adults, and it is never too late to start learning something new!
I want to learn karate, but I have a disability. Will this stop me from doing karate?
Absolutely not! We teach students with a variety of medical conditions and disabilities. However, if you are nervous to jump straight into the main classes, you can take part in specially-designed Private Lessons which can be adapted to your specific needs.
I am worried about fighting.
You will not be expected to spar unless in a controlled fashion with a high-grade helping you. Once you understand some of the basic blocks and punches you will be taught some very basic sparring skills. This skill is taught slowly throughout the grades in a controlled manner.
I am very interested in learning Karate as a means of self defence. Will these lessons help?
Most of the techniques we teach will help you with self defence, but we also run specific Personal Safety and Self Defence class which you can take part in.
How do I join?
Come along to any of our training sessions and speak with the Instructor, they will give you all of the information you need.
Or you can call us on 07973 672 663, or email us using the link to the right or through our Enquiry Form, and we will do our best to answer any questions we have not covered here.